Paul Ladewski

The 49ers' lackluster roster will make it hard to feel good about the team's chances at competing in the playoffs. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NFL season feels like a wake already

The NFL regular season is here, and that should be cause for…

The 49ers' lackluster roster will make it hard to feel good about the team's chances at competing in the playoffs. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Sure, Jaromir Jagr is old. But he’s almost certainly good enough to play some minutes for the San Jose Sharks. (Courtesy Sarah A./Flickr)

Ageless Jaromir Jagr can help Sharks, right a wrong

He’s as good or better than half the players in his sport,…

Sure, Jaromir Jagr is old. But he’s almost certainly good enough to play some minutes for the San Jose Sharks. (Courtesy Sarah A./Flickr)
Linebacker Aaron Lynch sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Aug. 11. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Don’t be fooled — 49ers only as good as their defense

If there’s anything to be learned from Santa Clara’s come-from-ahead, 32-31 loss…

Linebacker Aaron Lynch sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Aug. 11. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Will David Shaw be able to exceed expectations this year as Stanford guns for a Pac-12 West title? (Courtesy Michael Li/Flickr)

Can Stanford do the unthinkable? Here’s a plan …

The college football season is soon upon us, not that that’s a…

Will David Shaw be able to exceed expectations this year as Stanford guns for a Pac-12 West title? (Courtesy Michael Li/Flickr)
49ers general manager John Lynch praised Brian Hoyer’s performance, despite Hoyer’s two bad preseason starts. (Jacob Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Why don’t the 49ers have a quarterback competition?

Santa Clara general manager John Lynch likes to brag about the snot-knockers…

49ers general manager John Lynch praised Brian Hoyer’s performance, despite Hoyer’s two bad preseason starts. (Jacob Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Jerry Jones accepts his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Two-faced NFL picks its spots as judge, jury

Many NFL team owners are reluctant to sign free-agent activist Colin Kaepernick…

Jerry Jones accepts his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)
Third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard throws a touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Brian Hoyer isn’t good enough to merit star treatment

OK, lets see if Balls has got this straight ... In the…

Third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard throws a touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
No, stop that. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants must know now: Winning will get them nowhere

Your Saaaaan Francisco Giants won four of their last five games last…

No, stop that. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer watches fourth-stringer Nick Mullens take a rep during 49ers training camp in Santa Clara. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

New season is here, but same ol’ QB quandry remains for 49ers

Are you ready for some football? Sure. Of course. Next question ...…

Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer watches fourth-stringer Nick Mullens take a rep during 49ers training camp in Santa Clara. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor makes a double play as San Francisco Giants left fielder Brandon Belt slides into second base at AT&T Park on April 27, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Dastardly Dodgers make Giant headache even worse

Just when Giants Nation thought though its long nightmare was about to…

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor makes a double play as San Francisco Giants left fielder Brandon Belt slides into second base at AT&T Park on April 27, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Former Houston Astros’ Jeff Bagwell, left, and former Texas Rangers star Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, right, were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Frame on Sunday. They were joined by Tim Raines and former Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig.

Worst Hall class ever is hint of things to come

The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, Tim…

Former Houston Astros’ Jeff Bagwell, left, and former Texas Rangers star Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, right, were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Frame on Sunday. They were joined by Tim Raines and former Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig.
If no NFL team is willing to give Colin Kaepernick a shot, he should consider extending his career north of the border. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

There is one good place for Colin Kaepernick to play

Veterans are due to arrive at NFL camps this week, but Colin…

If no NFL team is willing to give Colin Kaepernick a shot, he should consider extending his career north of the border. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Buster Posey. (Stan Olszewski/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

While Giants stink it up, Posey is breath of fresh air

Balls interrupts the Giants’ dogged pursuit of the No. 1 pick in…

Buster Posey. (Stan Olszewski/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Trade rumors are swirling around the Oakland Athletic’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray, the highest paid member of the team. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Where should Sonny play next? You make the call

It’s mid-July, and you know act that means, girls and boys. It’s…

Trade rumors are swirling around the Oakland Athletic’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray, the highest paid member of the team. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
With the trade deadline fast approaching, it’s time for the last-place San Francisco Giants to clear house and think for the future. Meaning, it might be time to sell high on players like Denard Span. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

With deadline approaching, it’s time for Giants to head back to the future

So who needed the All-Star break more — the last-place Giants or…

With the trade deadline fast approaching, it’s time for the last-place San Francisco Giants to clear house and think for the future. Meaning, it might be time to sell high on players like Denard Span. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, center, reacts to an Aaron Judge homer with his National League All-Star teammates at the Homerun Derby at Marlins Park on July 10, 2017. (Bryan Cereijo/Miami Herald/TNS)

Faceless baseball needs more willing, able stars

The NFL has Tom Brady. The NBA has LeBron James. The NHL…

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, center, reacts to an Aaron Judge homer with his National League All-Star teammates at the Homerun Derby at Marlins Park on July 10, 2017. (Bryan Cereijo/Miami Herald/TNS)
The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, center, celebrates in the dugout after his two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox on June 28. Judge and teammate Gary Sanchez will compete in the Home Run Derby. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Theories about home run rage have some juice

The annual Home Run Derby is five days away. You know, as…

The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, center, celebrates in the dugout after his two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox on June 28. Judge and teammate Gary Sanchez will compete in the Home Run Derby. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

How much silly money do Warriors, NBA have to spend?

Stephen Curry will be paid $201 million to throw a round ball…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Even with the addition of Chris Paul, the Golden State Warriors are blocking James Harden and the Houston Rockets’ path to the NBA Finals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

CP3 or not, Rockets chasing tails in pursuit of Dubs

Hey, give the Houston Rockets some credit for effort, anyway. While most…

Even with the addition of Chris Paul, the Golden State Warriors are blocking James Harden and the Houston Rockets’ path to the NBA Finals. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Magic Johnson, left, made the right call drafting UCLA star Lonzo Ball to the Lakers at the No. 2 spot in the NBA Draft. Subsequent moves involving LeBron James, Paul George and even Russell Westbrook could put Los Angeles back in contention for a title. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Dogged pursuit of Warriors makes for summer fun

If it’s true that the NBA is forever in search of ways…

Magic Johnson, left, made the right call drafting UCLA star Lonzo Ball to the Lakers at the No. 2 spot in the NBA Draft. Subsequent moves involving LeBron James, Paul George and even Russell Westbrook could put Los Angeles back in contention for a title. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)